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Life science, information technology and shipping are important sectors and research & development plays a major role in the city's economy.Its strategic location and excellent infrastructure with the largest airport in Scandinavia It is also considered one of the world's most environmentally friendly cities with the water in the inner harbor being so clean that it can be used for swimming and 36 % of all citizens commuting to work by bicycle, every day bicycling a total 1.1 million km.During 1658-59 it withstood a severe siege by the Swedes under Charles X and successfully repelled a major assault.In 1801 a British fleet under Admiral Parker fought a major battle, the Battle of Copenhagen, with the Danish Navy in Copenhagen harbour.It was during this battle Lord Nelson famously "put the telescope to the blind eye" in order not to see Admiral Parker's signal to cease fire.

On the Swedish side of the sound directly across from Copenhagen, lie the towns of Malmö and Landskrona.

The English name for the city is derived from its Low German name, Kopenhagen.

The element hafnium is also named for Copenhagen, whose Latin name is Hafnia.

First documented in the 11th century, Copenhagen became the capital of Denmark in the beginning of the 15th century and during the 17th century under the reign of Christian IV it became an important regional centre.

With the completion of the transnational Oresund Bridge in 2000, Copenhagen has become the centre of the increasingly integrating Øresund Region with around 3.7 million inhabitants covering an area of 20,869 km² (177/km²).

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